I keep meaning to post more often, but this kidney infection thing is kicking my ass. They sent me home from the hospital late last week and told me that with some rest I should be feeling better pretty quickly. Here I am, still sick, still with symptoms and still feeling like total shit!!! I have to go back to the doctor tomorrow and am anticipating another hospitalization…no fun!!!
On to happier things. I’m getting ready to put together a package for my first swap. I hope my swapee likes it. It’s not going to be as extravagant as I had first planned b/c of this illness, but I figure I can save the really extravagant package for the final one.
I finished knitting the first of the fingerless mitts that I’m making from the yarn I spun from the camel/merino fiber I got at the Michigan fiber festival. I love, love, love camel fiber is what I’ve discovered from this. It’s so soft and so amazing to work with. The yarn, I’m afraid, still leaves a little something to be desired, but I made it myself and that gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I smile everytime I look at the glove and I imagine I’ll have a similar reaction whenever I wear them. In just the short time I’ve put on that single glove, to figure length etc., I realized that this is a VERY warm fiber. Would be great for a hat/scarf set or even for a sweater (Perhaps Evangeline from White Lies Designs – although that would be awfully expensive to do in a camel blend…LOL)
Evangeline is my dream sweater, btw. I keep looking at it and telling myself I’m going to buy it, but I never do. It’s definitely more difficult than anything I’ve attempted (I have yet to make a garment for myself or anyone else for that matter) but I love it anyway.
On the projects I want to start front: I just discoverd that Knit Picks has a Sheldon the Turtle kit with his different career costumes here. How cute is that?!?! I’ve never really been struck with the urge to knit toys at all, but this one speaks to me. You can’t beat the price, either.
On the swap front: I’ve got a great swapper (the person who is sending to me) so far. She’s been great about contacting me and we seem to have quite a bit in common. I’m really enjoying the communication!! Thanks swapper o’ mine!! For my swappee I have some things planned. I was planning for her first package to be big and extravagant, but with all the illness stuff I have going on, that will have to wait for the final package. I really want to do a good job and spoil my spoilee the way I would want to be spoiled. This being my first swap, I really want to make a good impression.
My Christmas knitting for my MIL and my FIL’s girlfriend Fran are coming along nicely. Last year I started gifts for both of them, but didn’t finish. ARGH!!! So this year I picked something smaller (Tidal Streams for MIL in Silk Twist in the colorway Peridot and Storm Water for Fran in Sea Silk in the Dandelion colorway) I’ve really come to love the Handmaiden line of yarns. My dream yarn currently is the Camelspun that they offer. I’m just obsessed with Camel yarns right now. I really wish I had bought a pound of the camel/merino fiber at the festival instead of just the 4 oz. that I bought.
I’ve spent so much time on Ravelry lately drooling over patterns and yarns that I want and it’s almost like punishment b/c I’ve made a pact with myself to work on nothing but these scarves until they are done. No debacle like last year, thank you very much. The camel/merino mitts were different; I had to try out the yarn after I spun and set it. LOL I will post pictures of the yarn and the mitts when I’m feeling better and can do all the camera stuff.
Have I mentioned that spending the majority of one’s time in bed doing nothing but watching TV, knitting and playing on the computer is not nearly as much fun as it might seem? When I’m well and doing stuff around here, I long for time to do nothing, but now that I’m pretty much bedbound for at least 3/4 of the day, all I can think about is how much I have to do around here. The other day I was feeling a little better and I did some cleaning and reorganizing of the bedroom and the craft room and I woke up the next morning feeling worse than I had in weeks. The doctor chastized me and said that rest does not mean major organizing projects. Who knew…
We’ve sent in the app. for the apartment we’re hoping to move to. It’s a three bedrom with a private entrance, two full baths (one in the master bedroom, yay) and a washer and dryer (full sized – what will I do with my washer and dryer though?) in the unit. There is also a great balcony (bigger than any I’ve ever seen in an apartment) that we will be able to put some outdoor furniture on for BBQ’s etc. It’s really well laid out and spacious and I can see us living there for the next 4 or 5 years. That’s important to me b/c I told TJ that if we decided to get an apartment instead of looking for the first house available that we could afford, I wanted to commit to at least 3 years but would be happier with 4 or 5. I hate moving and there has already been so much upheaval in Jake’s 4 years that I don’t want to put him through another move until he’s older.
Okay, I guess that’s it for now. I have to get back into bed…ugh…I hate being sick!!!!